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Heart surgery is done to correct problems with the heart. More than half a million heart surgeries are done each year in the United States for a variety of heart problems. Heart surgery is used to correct heart problems in children and adults. This article discusses heart surgeries for adults. For more information about heart surgeries for children, see the Diseases and Conditions Index articles on congenital heart defects, holes in the heart, and tetralogy of Fallot.

The most common type of heart surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). During CABG, surgeons use healthy arteries or veins taken from another part of the body to bypass (that is, go around) blocked arteries. CABG relieves chest pain and reduces the risk of heart attack.
American women prefer overly aggressive treatments for breast cancer

American women prefer overly aggressive treatments for breast cancer

Elective surgery puts seniors at risk for long-term cognitive problems

Elective surgery puts seniors at risk for long-term cognitive problems

Elderly patients at greater risk for developing cognitive problems after surgery

Elderly patients at greater risk for developing cognitive problems after surgery

For babies with specific complex heart defects, death risk is far lower at most experienced hospitals

For babies with specific complex heart defects, death risk is far lower at most experienced hospitals

Blood transfusions linked to surgery complications in women

Blood transfusions linked to surgery complications in women

Study looks at blood transfusion outcomes in women

Study looks at blood transfusion outcomes in women

Red blood cell transfusions under scrutiny - research reveals potential harm

Red blood cell transfusions under scrutiny - research reveals potential harm

Acute renal failure after non-cardiac operations

Acute renal failure after non-cardiac operations

Non-smokers the big winners when it comes to smoking bans

Non-smokers the big winners when it comes to smoking bans

People with no risk factors for heart disease can still experience heart attacks

People with no risk factors for heart disease can still experience heart attacks

Bayer Pharmaceuticals agrees to a marketing suspension of Trasylol

Bayer Pharmaceuticals agrees to a marketing suspension of Trasylol

Massage therapy helps patients recover after heart surgery

Massage therapy helps patients recover after heart surgery

75% of  hospital patients suffer from malnutrition regardless of their pathology

75% of hospital patients suffer from malnutrition regardless of their pathology

75% of hospitalised patients suffer from malnutrition regardless of their pathology

75% of hospitalised patients suffer from malnutrition regardless of their pathology

Chemists turn carbon monoxide into potential cardiovascular therapy

Chemists turn carbon monoxide into potential cardiovascular therapy

Heart disease of the left main coronary artery is often an inherited condition that clusters in families

Heart disease of the left main coronary artery is often an inherited condition that clusters in families

Cardiosolutions raises $7 million for minimally invasive system for repair of regurgitant mitral valves

Cardiosolutions raises $7 million for minimally invasive system for repair of regurgitant mitral valves

Validity of publishing hospital mortality rates questioned

Validity of publishing hospital mortality rates questioned

Coronary heart disease: Spotting the culprit(s) is the way towards prevention

Coronary heart disease: Spotting the culprit(s) is the way towards prevention

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure